Haas to Host Global Social Venture Competition, Conference, April 7-9


Berkeley-Haas will host three days of social entrepreneurship activity April 7 to 9, starting with the Global Social Venture Competition finals and closing with a conference called Ideas to Impact.

Structured as “a day for doing,” the April 9 conference will take place in Andersen Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Active and aspiring social entrepreneurs, double-bottom-line business leaders, and GSVC entrants will come together for workshops; demos; pitch sessions; and fast talks, in which successful social entrepreneurs share their biggest lessons in 15 minutes or less.

Ted London, a leading expert on the intersection of business strategy and poverty alleviation, will deliver the keynote address at the conference. London is a senior research fellow and director of the Base of the Pyramid Initiative at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Kirsten Tobey, MBA 06, co-founder of Revolution Foods and a 2007 GSVC grand prize winner, will be among the social entrepreneurs to share lessons in a fast talk.

Early-bird registration rates apply until Friday, March 18. For more information, visit http://ideastoimpact.squarespace.com/.

The Ideas to Impact Conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Responsible Business, is part of the 12th annual Global Social Venture Competition, hosted by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. The GSVC will take place April 7 and 8, with pitch sessions free and open to the public.

The competition will culminate with an awards dinner keynote delivered by Maura O'Neill, a 2004 graduate of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program and chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

For more information on the GSVC, visit gsvc.org. Details on the finalist teams will run in the April 4 issue of Haas Newswire.  Berkeley-Haas will host three days of social entrepreneurship activity April 7 to 9, starting with the Global Social Venture Competition finals and closing with a conference called Ideas to Impact.

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